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Lets look at ESPNs Basketball Power Index?for what to expect this season on some key questions. BPI is a statistical projection system that ESPNs sports analytics team uses to simulate the entire NBA season 10,000 times every day. The BPI simulations provide a window into what to expect as the 2016-17 season unfolds.No surprise that the preseason BPI put the Warriors at the top of the league, or that the most likely NBA Finals matchup is a third consecutive Warriors vs. Cavaliers series (29 percent). Looking more closely at the data, however, allows us to offer some perspective on some of the more interesting questions this offseason has posed:Can the Warriors match their 73-win performance? Not likely. Despite replacing Harrison Barnes with Kevin Durant for Death Lineup 2.0, BPI is projecting the Warriors to win 62 games and gives them less than a one percent chance to win 73 or more games.In no way does this diminish how good the Warriors are going to be, but rather puts last years incredible regular season into perspective. They were a great team, but to get to 70-plus wins, some luck was involved (especially in terms of close games, injuries and scheduling), and there is no reason that everything that went right for the Warriors last season will go their way again this season.Will the experiment in Chicago work? Maybe. The Bulls have assembled a roster that has most people wondering how Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, and Jimmy Butler will play together and if Paul Zipser can have the breakout season that no one is expecting.BPI ranks the Bulls 20th overall and projects them to be below average on both ends of the court. But Chicagos schedule is the eighth-easiest in the league. BPI gives the mysterious Bulls a 42 percent chance of making the playoffs and projects them to win 39 games.What should we expect from the Durant-less Thunder? Another playoff appearance. BPI puts the angriest team in the league squarely in the playoffs (81 percent chance) and ranks them eighth overall.They will likely be carried by a 2000-01 Allen Iverson-type performance from Russell Westbrook. Look for Westbrook to challenge usage-rate records while leading what BPI projects to be the third-best offense in the league.Despite having a defense that is projected to be below average, the Thunder still have a 7 percent chance of returning to the conference finals. That may not seem high, but considering that two of their three best players were replaced by Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova, it would be truly remarkable for OKC to be one of the last four teams standing.Can anyone win the Finals besides the Cavaliers and Warriors? Yes. Collectively, the Warriors and the Cavaliers have a 68 percent chance of being crowned champion at the end of the season. That is the same odds that Hassan Whiteside has of making a free throw -- so it is possible someone else can pull it off.Behind the top two, the leading contenders according to BPI are the Spurs (13 percent), the Celtics (6 percent) and the Clippers (5 percent).BPI gives us a peak through all of the noise of the offseason to get a sense of what we may be about to witness as the 2016-17 season unfolds. Cant wait to see what actually happens.For more analytics content, head to ESPN.com/analytics. Cheap Russ Grimm Jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. 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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- With its losing skid at five and any hope for a bowl game eliminated, Purdue is seeking motivation with No. 6 Wisconsin coming to visit on Saturday and then a season-ending Nov. 26 date at rival Indiana.Interim head coach Gerad Parker has seen his team (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) play well during the first half against Nebraska, Penn State, Minnesota and Northwestern, only to be outscored 114-17 the rest of the way against those teams.With lots of uncertainty about the programs future, primarily who will be coaching Purdue in 2017, it would be easy for some players and coaches to go through the motions these final two weeks.Parker believes theres plenty of reason to be motivated, starting with the Badgers (8-2, 5-2).This week is fully and completely about our seniors, Parker said Tuesday. The staff has continued to work our tails off. The players have as well, and this week is about our seniors playing their last game in Ross-Ade Stadium. Its a chance for those seniors to play an unbelievable football team in Wisconsin. Those guys want to go out the right way.Purdue has won only one Big Ten home game -- Nebraska in 2015 -- during the seniors careers and is 3-28 overall in conference play since 2013.Its been hard, Parker said, Sadly, the reason we are in this position is because of our past. Everything is contagious. Winning is contagious and losing is contagious. Ive wanted to approach this week by week.Senior wide receiver Bilal Marshall said the opportunity to stun a top 10 team in his final home game would wipe away some of the frustrations of a four-year career in which Purdue has gone 9-37.ddddddddddddWe have to stick together and not be selfish, Marshall said. For us seniors, its our last two weeks, and our last week in Ross-Ade against a big opponent and obviously, we havent seen the Old Oaken Bucket in forever. 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